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Europe and Asia demonstrate for climate before COP25 in Madrid

Europe and Asia demonstrate for climate before COP25 in Madrid

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Europe and Asia demonstrate for climate before COP25 in Madrid

(Berlin and Sydney) Tens of thousands of demonstrators protested Friday against global warming, mainly in Europe and Asia, as part of a new global mobilization day before a UN climate summit opens Monday in Madrid.

Isabelle LE PAGE, Andrew BEATTY

France Media Agency

Some 630,000 people demonstrated in over 500 cities in Germany, announced on Fridays for Future movement inspired by the young Swedish Greta Thunberg. She herself was Friday mid-Atlantic on a catamaran but did not fail to tweet a picture of her with his sign “School Climate Strike” in Swedish.

Carrying placards proclaiming “One Planet, a fight” or “we strike until you act,” thousands of young people gathered at the iconic Brandenburg Gate in Berlin.

In Hamburg, the northern city, there were about 30,000, Munich in the south near 17 000, police said.

Other actions took place in Europe, but the scale was lower than the last mobilization in September. In Germany, the number had now reached 1.4 million worldwide over 4 million.



The global mobilization fused in several places with the anti-consumption movement.

In France, activists protested against the sales of Black Friday, some blocking giant Amazon distribution center in the suburbs of Paris, or to Lyon and Lille.

In Canada and the United States, participation in pro-climate markets was negligible in day after Thanksgiving: fifty people in Washington, a hundred in New York. American schools were closed, and many students spent a long weekend with their families.

“We must continue to show,” said one of the few Americans to have moved on Friday in Washington, Frank Fritz, 24. “The problem will not go away if we do not act.”


The New York police arrested 23 protesters anti-consumerism front of Macy’s.

In Montreal, for environmental protection associations as Extinction Rebellion and The planet is coming to the University, organized a thrift store in the open where used clothing were distributed free to denounce the excesses of Black Friday.

“We try to create an eco-friendly movement against mass consumption, then we have recovered used clothing to be given for free to encourage people to consume less,” said one of the protesters, Germain Desloges.

Fires in Australia


Sydney gave Friday kickoff even though the Australian metropolis was enveloped in a thick cloud of toxic fumes associated with bushfires ravaging the east coast of the country.

The Prime Minister Scott Morrison, target of the protesters, has angrily rejected any link between these fires and climate change. His government is a strong supporter of the powerful and lucrative Australian mining industry.

“The inaction of our government on the climate crisis amplified the fire,” said Shiann Broderick, an official demonstrator of the strike in schools.


In India, in Delhi, the most polluted city in the world, fifty pupils and students demonstrated outside the Ministry of the Environment, calling on the government to declare a “global emergency”.

India is one of the main emitters of greenhouse gases, and has 14 of the 15 most polluted cities in the world.

In Tokyo, hundreds of people marched in the commercial district of Shinjuku. “I feel a sense of crisis because almost nobody in Japan is interested in climate change,” regretted Mio Ishida, a student of 19 years.


Some 200 signatory countries of the Paris Agreement in 2015 will meet on Monday in Madrid for 12 days. The meeting looks complicated, the aim being to encourage signatories to review by the end of 2020 their commitments to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases.

To keep the hope of limiting global warming to 1.5 ° C, ideal goal of the Paris agreement, it would reduce emissions of greenhouse gas by 7.6% per year from the year and next to 2030, recently reported the United Nations.

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